Sour Grapes aims to subvert orthodox theories of rational choice through the Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality · Jon Elster. Editions De La . This chapter evaluates Jon Elster’s Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality thirty-five years after publication. In the first section of the chapter. Sour Grapes has 53 ratings and 1 review. Mskabatas said: Anlamak için biraz sakin bir kafa ile okumak gerekiyor. Tümünü anlamasam da bazı konularda ileri.

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Vashka rated it really liked it May 22, I should like to presume, dear reader, that your intuitions accord with mine in finding that the economist misses the main point. Hartman – – Journal of Business Ethics 78 3: Much later on in the book, he elaborates this point: After all, imagine how unbearable life would be if we continually felt discomfort at not having the things we want, given that we simply cannot have most of the things we want.

But Elster complicates this by showing us that each of those agents is composed of an indefinite number of intertemporal agents with possibly conflicting preferences, and with no clear cut indication of which of these selves is to have normative priority.

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Obscenity and Film Censorship: The author draws on philosophy, political and social theory, decision theory, economics, and psychology, as well as history and literature. Ratings and Reviews 0 0 star ratings 0 reviews. Rationality in the broad sense depends on the way in which the states are actually formed. For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can”t find the answer there, please contact us.

You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout. After reading it, I was left wondering why they bothered using the descriptor “libertarian”.


Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality

But adaptive preferences can also have a more sinister aspect. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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Dr Elster begins with an analysis of the notation of rationality, to provide the background and terms for the subsequent discussions, which cover irrational behaviour, irrational desires and A Cold War classic.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Elstef Online requires a subscription or purchase. Open Preview See a Problem? Art and its Objects Richard Wollheim. Favourite booksPhilosophy. We appreciate your feedback. It seems only reasonable that our preferences be limited to some feasible set of options.

Elater and Modern Society Charles Taylor. The title should be at least 4 characters long. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Farmer, The Economic Journal” ‘What makes [Elster] distinctive is a combination of philosophical acuity and detailed attention to contemporary work in history, eleter social sciences and cognitive psychology When Elster is at the top of his form the general ideas form the framework for the argument which is itself actually carried to great extent through the use of examples.

After all, if it so happened that sadists and masochists were evenly distributed in the population and could somehow be paired up, the economists might have to revise their judgment, and take the preferences of grspes and masochists seriously.

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Sour Grapes: Studies in the Subversion of Rationality by Jon Elster

Richard Lauer rated it it was amazing Jul 26, This is hard to convey in a review. What I Have Learned…. How to elsted a great review. Brian Barry, The London Review of Books ‘Elster is an extremely impressive writer, at home in several languages and in a wide range of scholarly discourses, from philosophy, through game theory, parts of economics and psychology, to literary criticism. Indeed, his analysis implies that rationality is so easily subverted, that we ought not to put too much stock in the satisfaction of preferences at all, at least not unless we are willing to roll up our sleeves and examine the nature of the preferences we propose to satisfy.


The latter differs from the former in the fact that where the fox pretends not to like the grapes he cannot have, a person with an adaptive preference actually prefers precisely that which he can have over that which he cannot.

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No economist in his right mind denies that satisfying the desires of sadists is on all fours with satisfying the desires of people with less perverted tastes. Often our preferences are path-dependent in that they are dependent on non previous history of choices and desires. The Radicalism of Romantic Love. It concerns itself grwpes such phenomena as time-preference, time-inconsistency, and hyperbolic discounting. He writes attractively and inventively??

He is the author or editor of thirty-four books on the philosophy of social science and rational choice theory, including Securities against Misrule: If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.